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List Rules This list is about pure blues players. Blues rock players and bands have their own lists. So no Clapton and Spencer here

Blues artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good blues bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top blues bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Blues groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all blues bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest blues bands of all time, since the most famous blues artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best blues music.

You can click on the blues band names to see more information about that particular notable blues group. If they're near the top of the best blues artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top blues bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the blues band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Vote for the best artists by clicking the thumbs up button. Give a thumbs down to artists like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton if you don't like them and a thumbs up if you do.

All important, significant and iconic names in blues music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new blues bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of blues, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into blues music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good blues bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent blues bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best blues bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest blues musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular blues bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Muddy Waters Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
B.B. King Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Buddy Guy Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Albert King Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Johnny Winter Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Little Walter Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Robert Johnson Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Albert Collins Blues-rock, Blues

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Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Huddie William Ledbetter Folk music, Folk, Country

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Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson II Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Delbert McClinton Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Freddie King Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
T-Bone Walker Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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Big Bill Broonzy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Big Bill Broonzy Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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Blind Lemon Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time

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Ma Rainey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Ma Rainey Jazz, Blues

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Lightnin' Hopkins Electric blues, Country blues

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Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Otis Rush Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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Elmore James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Elmore James Rhythm and blues, Blues

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Blind Willie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Blind Willie Johnson Gospel music, Blues

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Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Bessie Smith Jazz, Blues

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Taj Mahal Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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Son House is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Son House Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Willie Dixon Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Charles Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Charles Brown Rhythm and blues, Blues

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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Big Joe Turner Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Jimmy Reed Rhythm and blues, Blues

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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Bobby Bland Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

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Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Charlie Musselwhite Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

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Gary Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Gary Moore Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Otis Spann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Otis Spann Chicago blues, Blues

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Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Memphis Slim Blues

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Los Lonely Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Los Lonely Boys Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Blind Willie McTell Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

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Memphis Minnie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time

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Blind Boy Fuller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Blind Boy Fuller Piedmont blues, East Coast blues, Country blues

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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Tommy Johnson Blues, Delta blues

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Mississippi Fred McDowell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time

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Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
Mississippi John Hurt Folk music, Country, Blues

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Robert Nighthawk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time

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W. C. Handy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Bands of All Time
W. C. Handy Jazz, Blues